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The Winter’s Tale — A Public Works Musical

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November 11, 2023 • 8:00 pm

$10 – $17

This original Public Works adaptation of The Winter’s Tale, with music and new lyrics by Todd Almond, was originally conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet based on the play by William Shakespeare.

Directed at Princeton by professional director and faculty member Shariffa Ali, this musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is set in dystopian Sicilia and utopian Bohemia and inspired by Afrofuturism and centers community participation through a story of love, betrayal and redemption. The Winter’s Tale will include a student cast of 20; a community cast of 42; along with 20 members of the Princeton Playhouse Choir, several student performing arts groups including Sympoh Urban Arts Crew, Raqs: Princeton Belly Dance Company, Dorabucci African Dance Company, and HUA Chinese Dance group; and cameo appearances by many well-known campus faculty and staff.

The production will feature music direction by Playhouse Ensembles leader and faculty member Solon Snider Sway, performance direction by faculty member Chesney Snow, and choreography by alumna Rachel Schwartz ’18. The set and costumes are designed by faculty member Sarita Fellows with lighting design by faculty member Tess James and sound design by staff member Kay Richardson. The production is led by the stage management team of staff members Carmelita Becnel and Milan Eldridge.

The Winter’s Tale is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036.

Performance Tickets & Details

Performances of The Winter’s Tale are open to the public and tickets are required. Tickets: $12 in advance of show dates, $17 purchased the day of performances at the box office, and $10 for students (Passport to the Arts eligible for Princeton students).

Purchase tickets through McCarter Box Office


Get directions to Berlind Theatre and find other venue information for McCarter Theatre Center.


symbol for wheelchair accessibilityaccess symbol for open captioning, two white O C lettersaccess symbol for amplified sound or hearing devicesBerlind Theatre is an accessible venue with wheelchair and companion seating available. The November 11 performance will be open/live captioned. An assistive listening system is available and headphones can be requested from ushers. Visit our Venues and Studios section for accessibility information at our various locations, including Berlind Theatre. Attendees in need of other access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email at least one week in advance of the event date.


November 11, 2023
8:00 pm
$10 – $17
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Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center
91 University Place
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States
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